Why and how to screen injured workers? The Work and Health Questionnaire (WHQ): A Screening Tool for Identifying Injured Workers at Risk for a Complicated Rehabilitation

Abegglen, Sandra (4 September 2017). Why and how to screen injured workers? The Work and Health Questionnaire (WHQ): A Screening Tool for Identifying Injured Workers at Risk for a Complicated Rehabilitation (Unpublished). In: 15th Swiss Psychological Society (SPS SGP SSP) conference - "Treasuring the diversity of psychology". Lausanne, Switzerland. 04.09.-05.09.2017.

Accidental injuries occur frequently, and most accident victims recover quickly. However, a significant fraction of these individuals show a complicated recovery process and accounts for the majority of disability costs. Therefore, early identification of vulnerable persons may be beneficial for compensation schemes, government bodies, as well as for the affected workers themselves. Here we present the Work and Health Questionnaire (WHQ) as a new screening tool and results of its validation. A total of 1,963 mild to moderately injured workers answered the WHQ within three months after their accident. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed five underlying factors (Job Design, Work Support, Job Strain, Somatic Condition/Pain, and Anxiety/Worries). In evaluating the prognostic validity on the number of days of work disability, on well-being and on job satisfaction 18 months post-injury, each of these factors significantly predicted at least one of the evaluated outcomes. Thus, the WHQ shows good psychometric properties with high clinical utility for the identification of injured persons with multiple psychosocial risk factors.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Abegglen, Sandra

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

Language:

English

Submitter:

Salome Irina Rahel Bötschi

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2018 14:19

Last Modified:

23 Apr 2018 14:19

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/111629

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